Miles Davis’ first gig with Bird

The year was 1944

“I’d memorized everything Dizzy was playing”

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Miles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker”.

In this rare interview, Miles talks about how he first came to start playing with Bird.

The bottom line: He was nervous, but he’d made himself ready.

A good lesson for all aspiring artists (and anyone else seeking excellence.)

Miles originally went to New York City to study at Julliard and first started playing in Parker’s bands in 1944.

The photo in this video is from the Three Deuces, New York, circa 1945

Herbie on working with Miles


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